New Recipes in The Rotation (Kid Approved Too)

I’ve been experimenting with new recipes on Sundays (because it’s the most chill day of the week) to try new stuff and take my time. Here are few that I’ve tried lately that have made it into the regular rotation, with approval from Tristen and Robin. My bonus sons, ages 8 and 6, even gave this first one another two thumbs up the next day for lunch. Total score.

{Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti Squash Bowls}

 (longest name ever, but worth it)

recipe & photo from Danae at the

The boys love this spaghetti squash bowl. And to be honest, I do too. I was originally drawn to it one evening simply because we already had all the ingredients needed to make it. I love that the filling takes less than 20 minutes to prepare, it doesn’t require 1,000 ingredients, and let’s be honest: anything Mexican-inspired is a win in my book.

What I did differently:

  • The recipe calls for shredded chicken, but my man-friend grilled it and then cut it up in small pieces. This helped saved me time.
  • I added black beans. Because… yum.
  • I used salsa verde the first time, but have used 1/2 verde and 1/2 red salsa (when we were running out) and it was delicious as well.

 Anyway, try this one out. You’ll love it. Try this one too.

{White Bean Chicken Chili}

Recipe from Sam the Cooking Guy

This recipe is perfect for cooler weather and also doesn’t take very long to make. I will warn you that if you’ve got a sensitive pallet, it’s a little spicy as is. Neither Robin nor I can handle like dishes that are incredibly spicy so we had a lot of ice water with this the first time (I hadn’t made it in years and forgot). But everybody still liked the taste. Next time, we’ll be armed with a few more crackers. It also makes enough for lunch the next day… Always a plus!

What I did differently:

  • I added a little more chicken because there are 3 boys in this house.
  • A little less cayenne pepper to cool it down.
  • Have substituted chili powder in the past.
  • Added cheese when serving. Because duh.

This recipe is good for just one serving! It’s also the source of the photo above.


{Caramelized Onion Apple Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash}

(another mouthful, but a tasty one at least. <– Hey-o!)

Recipe & Photo from

I searched for any acorn squash recipe after seeing them for $1 at the grocery story. I’ve actually never cooked acorn squash before this recipe and realized that was dumb. They’re delish and super cheap when they’re in-season (like most produce). Stuffed gourds are always fun anyway. Cooking the garlic and onions made the kitchen smell sooooo good. The filling makes quite a bit too!

What I did differently:

  • Used ground beef once because we forgot to thaw the sausage. Still yummy.
  • Used 2 more cloves of garlic than it called for.
  • Couldn’t find ghee at the store so just used butter.
  • Used an additional half an apple.
  • Was out of rosemary. It was still good.


Try ’em out and let me know what you think.

Happy cooking!

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Want to Feel/Look Better? Eat Like A Grown Up.


My past nutrition advice: Eat real food. Drink water more than you drink other things.

My new advice: Eat like a fucking grown up.

I’m tired of getting asked nutrition questions that are really just people wishing I would tell them it’s ok to eat crap. Stop. That’s like asking a rich person for financial advice and hoping they tell you buy shit all the time and don’t save or invest in anything. We all know better. We know deep down that at some point… we need to get our shit together. I also know that once we get into certain habits, we don’t always remember some of the basics. So, unless you’re really broke, are in college, or are 12 yeras old and in charge of buying your meals, here’s a quick reminder of how to eat like an adult: [Read more…]

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This isn’t the drive-thru. REAL food takes time.

I’m having lunch and a beer at this awesome cafe in town for the third time this month. I love this place! They have amazing, quality food, a wide variety of food/drinks to choose from, and stellar atmosphere indoors and out. I just got in line to order my meal and got to stand awkwardly in between 2 customers that were pissed about things taking so long and being very vocal about their inconvenience. I had to bite my tongue to keep from going off on both of them. “This is not McDonald’s! Look at that menu! Your meal is being made NOW, not two hours ago!” I wanted to scream… but I didn’t. I knew it wouldn’t turn into anything good and I didn’t want to cause a scene in front of everybody else enjoying their afternoon.

The first guy was a tourist who’d been waiting “almost 20 minutes” and demanded his money back from the manager (who obliged and also offered a few gift cards, plus his apologies on training new kitchen staff). The second was a woman who made sure everybody knew she had a dog and screaming kids in the car waiting and that this shouldn’t take this long. She was in line about 30 seconds before I was. The whole scene took about 4 minutes. She ordered a muffin and a juice box…

When I got up to place my order I told the manager about this great sign I saw at Cheese Plus in San Francisco a couple months ago. I suggested he make something similar; either the same sign, or alter the wording just a bit (the title of this post).

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It just got me thinking of how much the drive-thru has negatively altered our minds’ views on what REAL food is, how quickly it should be prepared, and how much it should cost. People are so used to the low price and “efficiency” of fast food that they simply don’t think about what they’re actually putting into their body. People are cooking so little these days that I’m not sure if they even realize how much time it takes to prepare a real meal.

Hint: it’s more than 90 seconds.

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In the drive-thru it’s fast because it’s already been prepared… a really long time before you got there. #shitaintfresh. It’s cheap because the ingredients are either poor quality, or not not real food to begin with. If you want real food, it’s probably going to take a few minutes. And it’s probably going to cost more than the dollar menu. I’m not saying you have to spend $100 on a meal to make it great. I’m not saying you should wait 2 hours for a quality meal to be prepared. I’m just saying to chill the hell out and don’t be an entitled ass. If you don’t care about quality and you want it RIGHT now, and you’re not worried about putting fake food into your body, then keep going through the drive-thru.

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For the record, my Southwestern Burrito (black bean mix, red peppers, corn, yam, chipotle sauce, aged cheddar, wheat tortilla, organic blue corn chips and salsa) was delish. It cost $10 and took about 11 minutes… and I didn’t implode because I had to wait for it to be made.

Thanks, Communitea… for the awesome service and quality, yummy food.

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